Monday, September 10, 2018

September 8, 2018

September 8, 2018

Greetings Fellow Quilters!

I am so sorry that I had to miss the meeting this time. I love meeting with you all and seeing the beautiful quilts that you all make. A special thanks to Terry for taking the minutes and to Judy for taking the pictures. You are all wonderful.

So here are the minutes for yesterday's meeting:

PTQ September 8, 2018

Naomi called meeting to order at 9:39 and we had one visitor, Molly Champion (Judy’s daughter). I hear she is doing great things with her quilting!

Judy made the motion to accept the minutes as posted on the blog. and Marilyn made the second.  The vote was taken and the motion passed.  
Michelle gave the treasurer’s report.  Keri made the motion to accept.  Second by Karen.  Vote unanimous.

We discussed the Christmas party at the last meeting and decided to amend the minutes to say the “left/right” game and to use Dirty Santa instead of Secret Santa. 

The new slate of upcoming officers was announced and introduced. Barb, Terri and Karen C. are the new officers and I will be the secretary (hope I'm not fired).

Michelle was thanked for organizing the PTQ meals each month. She always does a great job. Next month PTQ will provide baked potatoes.  There were volunteers to bring sides.  I hope someone brings a yummy cake. (Not that I need it, but I still like to sample them).

The new age technology was discussed and reminded everyone of the new Possum Town email address.  Please use our new email and follow us on the PTQ Facebook page . Gwen also encouraged everyone to use the MQA Facebook page.

October is a busy month.  First weekend, Pinebelt Fiber Art Show – October 5 & 6.  2nd weekend, Possum Town meeting – 13th.  3rd weekend, MQA Fall Gathering in Corinth – October 19-20.  October 26 and 27 – Karen K. Buckley appliqué classes in Tupelo.  There are still spots available in both classes.

Keri asked for any challenge blocks that needed to be turned in.  September was deadline to turn in for “early bird” prizes.  Winners of a charm pack were Julia, Terry T, Sue S, Karen A.  Terri H won a cash prize.  Thanks to all who turned in their blocks early.  If you haven’t finished yours, please have it finished and turned in next meeting, that would be me. I'll get mine done tomorrow. (lol)

Karen A. asked if we would be willing to help sell raffle tickets for the Centennial quilt we donated to the RAC.  The quilt has been entered in the Hattiesburg show.  Naomi said she entered it in the team appliqué category and was called saying they are going to put it in the Theme category.  It was suggested we contact WCBI to publicize the quilt raffle. Lauren suggested they could sell tickets at the MQA Fall Gathering.  We need volunteers to man the table.  Patti and Karen A. volunteered.  We need more people to volunteer to help. If you would be willing to help, please contact one of the officers. 

Lauren spoke about the MQA gathering.  We will have one on-site vendor:  Cotton Treasures from Senatobia.  Off-site will be Treasure Chest in Corinth which will be open late Friday night and Saturday afternoon.  The Saturday program will include recognition of outstanding quilters, Dorinda Evans on Color Theory, Nancy Losure and Marilyn Wilson from Golden Triangle Quilters on how to grow your guild and future generations of quilters, and Patti Sandage from Middleton, TN who is an AQS award winning quilter.  Motels for the gathering are Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express.  Lauren also shared that MQA now has a new email address.

Watana is ready to talk about a new conversation quilt (comparable to the Name That Tune quilt we made several years ago).  It will be based on Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales.  Make your blocks colorful and bright.  Blocks should finish at 12”.  Make sure the are 12 ½ x 12 ½ unfinished.  If you do appliqué, cut your background block at least 13” square.  It can be trimmed when complete.  Sometimes appliqué can cause your block to shrink and we want it to be the correct size when finished.  She asked for volunteers to help put the quilt together when the blocks are all turned in.  (Deadline will be in March).  Those who offered were Barb, Patti, Terri and Glenna.  Watana has a list of options for us to choose from.  Pick one and put your name beside it on the form.

Lauren brought quilts and tops from a friend whose grandmother (born in the teens) and great grandmother (born before the turn of the century).  She showed lots of tops and pieces.  Some have been donated to PTQ and some they would like to be quilted.  Naomi also had a  box of old patterns that were donated to us.  Also double knit fabric that was unwanted.  Carol is going to take to a friend who sews sleeping bags for the homeless.

Terri H. said she is going to try to have raffle quilt fabric ready for the November meeting.

Julia asked if the memory quilt we voted to make last month could be given to Maple Street Quilters to make instead of PTQ.  Marilyn made the motion and Karen seconded.  Passed by voice vote.

Karen A. did a demo on different techniques for preparing appliqué by machine or hand.  Fusible, starch, and needleturn. (I hate that I missed this one, since I've mastered quilting:)

It was suggested we develop a tag or card to go with charity quilts or baby quilts.  Judy has PTQ emblem on her computer and she volunteered to print several to keep in the cabinet.

Show and Tell:

Judy S: (and Molly)
            Finish #17 Jungle Fever quilted by Betty Barrentine

            #18 Jamestown Landing quilted by Betty Lewis.  (A Bonnie Hunter class took at Mountain Quiltfest in 2014.

Watana C:
            PTQ Signature Block Swap from 2008

Ebba K:
            Sampler (top) from a Wannabees class (Stars)

            Baby Quilt top for a lady at church who is expecting her first grandchild.  (Owl)

 Kathy H:
  Apple Core Quilt

Gwen S:
            Baby Charm quilt for first grandbaby quilt

Karen C. Turtle Quilt

Patti M:
            BOM quilt.  Her first time quilting on a longarm quilter.

Julia G:
            Chunky Churn Dash from Bonnie Hunter’s class in June.  Made for their 13th grandchild.

            “My Mother” quilt. 

Practice version of "My Mother" quilt

Vera C:

Vera's quilts
            Blue and White quilt.  Quilted by Watana.

            Sunshine Girl quilt.  Made from a newspaper pattern.  Quilted by Watana.

back side of Sunshine Girl

Tonya S:
            Blocks of the Month

I'm adding some snapshots of our lunch and fellowship. 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

August 11, 2018

Hi Ladies,

I guess you thought this would never come! Hope it was worth the wait. I had to do some shopping to add to my stash, now I have no where to put it. The meeting began at 9:30 with a reminder for everyone to sign in and mark whether or not you were staying for the afternoon session. The minutes were accepted as posted to the blog and the treasurer's report was approved as read.

Naomi created a new email account from Google. The email is  Please let us know if you are not receiving emails and remember to check your spam folder to double check. If you haven't paid your membership dues please do so as soon as possible.

September's meal is soup and salad. Please stay and enjoy the fellowship with fellow quilters. Last month we had a TAILGATE theme and had a large crowd. Afterwards, Judy demonstrated paper piecing flying geese. I'm afraid I'm the slow learner in the group :).

The deadline for the 2019 Mountain Quiltfest Guild Challenge in Pigeon Forge is February 9th and the theme is Christmas. Your quilt must not have over a 160 inch perimeter. The show is March 19th - 23rd. The Pine Belt Fiber Art and
Quilt Show is October 5th and 6th. The due date if you plan to enter is August 15th. There is a $20 entry fee.

Challenge Quilt Blocks - 5 quilt blocks were left, please grab one if you haven't already. See Keri or Carol.

Julia had a call from someone who wanted the guild to give her a price for making a Memory Quilt for her mother-in-law. She lost her husband and has had a rough time adjusting to the loss. A motion was made to make a lap sized quilt for the price of $300. There was much discussion on the price. A motion was made and passed with 4 opposed. Julia is in charge of getting the materials (shirts, ties) from the family.

On the Charity Quilt, Naomi is doing a beautiful job of repairing the wedding ring quilt. The Mississippi Bicentennial Quilt is in need of binding. If you could stay and help with finishing the binding, that would be wonderful.

We have a Yard Sale slated for November. The money you make off of the things you sell will be yours to keep.

We discussed the Christmas party, it'll be here before we know it. We will play the Dirty Santa game ($15 limit)  and the Right/Left game which will consist of a handmade gift.

We need to discuss the Raffle Quilt for next year. Our last quilt was the Log Cabin Star and it was raffled off at Pilgrimage. When we raffle it off, the guild keeps the money. Terri H. will work on coordinating and getting things ready.

Wantana asked if anyone would like to participate in a Conversation Quilt. The theme is fairy tales. You would select the block that you want to portray. The size is approximately is 12.5 X 12.5

At the last Sit -N- Sew, Karen had Lane Russell bring in some old quilts, his grandmothers' and Karen showed how to do simple repair.

The Fat Quarter swap was discontinued due to lack of participation. We will try to think of something that everyone would like to participate in.


Tonya with her Disney BOM, Bear BOM

Brenda C. - Chunky Churn Dash from Bonnie Hunter class that Brenda didn't get to go to because she was sick.

Brenda C. - Civil War fabrics made into Delectable Mountains - another Bonnie Hunter with Wantana quilting it.

Brenda C. - Baby self-binding quilts

Eva Marie C. - On Ringo Lake - Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt from last year

Eva Marie C. - Chunky Churn Dash - Bonnie Hunter class

Eva Marie - class in Birmingham in 2017, "Clawless Turkey," from Talking Turkey class

Julia G. - Red Vehicle - received the blue ribbon at Cotton District Challenge at the Fiber Art meeting in Jackson. Blue House Challenge

Julia G. - Forest Green Spirit - with color removed

Annette P.  - On Ringo Lake - Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt

Annette quilted this by herself using her domestic sewing machine. She quilted in strips but on the diagonal.

Wantana - Sail Boats  - quilted for her great-grandson

Wantana - taught this class at the Wannabees

Wantana - Fringed Hexies - She quilted on her longarm.

Judy S. - Finish #13 - Stepping Stones - one of the Claudine Hansen classes she helped teach in Pigeon Forge.

Judy S. Finish #14 - Chunky Churn Dash - second one that she made since the class in June.

Juds S. - Finish #15 - purple and cream flying geese cut from "GO" cutter. CC free hand quilted the roses.

Judy S. - 16th finish - Covenant Gardens - free pattern from the internet

Demo - Paper Piecing Flying Geese by Judy S.
The demo began with Judy showing us some of her samples.

Judy with her published paper pieced flying geese. (Wonderful)

Showing us how to draw out the pattern we would like to use.